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Maximizing antimalarial efficacy and the importance of dosing strategies

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, May 2015
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Maximizing antimalarial efficacy and the importance of dosing strategies
Published in
BMC Medicine, May 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12916-015-0349-9
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James G Beeson, Philippe Boeuf, Freya JI Fowkes


Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the cornerstone for the treatment of malaria. However, confirmed resistance to artemisinins in South-East Asia, and reports of reduced efficacy of ACTs raise major concerns for malaria treatment and control. Without new drugs to replace artemisinins, it is essential to define dosing strategies that maximize therapeutic efficacy, limit the spread of resistance, and preserve the clinical value of ACTs. It is important to determine the extent to which reduced efficacy of ACTs reflects true resistance versus sub-optimal dosing, and quantify other factors that determine treatment failure. Pooled analyses of individual patient data from multiple clinical trials, by investigators in the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network, have shown high overall efficacy for three widely used ACTs, artemether-lumefantrine, artesunate-amodiaquine, and dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine. Analyses also highlight that suboptimal dosing leads to increased risk of treatment failure, especially among children. In the most recent study, an analysis of clinical trials of artesunate-amodiaquine, widely used among children in Africa, revealed a superior efficacy for fixed-dose combination tablets compared to loose non-fixed dose combinations. This highlights the benefits of fixed-dose combinations as a practical strategy for ensuring optimal antimalarial dosing and maximizing efficacy.Please see related article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/13/66.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Vietnam 1 2%
Unknown 40 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 21%
Student > Master 7 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 12%
Other 3 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 7%
Other 7 17%
Unknown 8 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 10%
Chemistry 4 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 7%
Other 8 19%
Unknown 8 19%

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